The Dallas Mavericks completed a historic Game 7 beatdown of the Phoenix, handing them a 123-90 shellacking that wasn’t even as close as that score would indicate. Under their own roof, no less. So, unsurprisingly, the unmassed hoards of Twitter — MFFLs and NBA riff raff alike — had a night with it. Here’s a sampling of some of our staff’s favorites from the entertaining night.
The Dallas Mavericks have just completed the biggest NBA win as an away team in Game 7 History in the last 70+ years, by defeating the Suns by 33 points!— Greg Harvey (@BetweenTheNums) May 16, 2022
Luka Dončić becomes just the 4th guard in NBA history to record 5 or more 30-point double-double games in a single postseason pic.twitter.com/kFKHu8lMsj
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Luka has elicited some fun reactions from his coworkers in the past with some of his stupendous performances. Luka got his share of love from the League, but there was plenty of head nods to go around. Including from his nemesis, Patrick Beverly.
Told y’all LuKA— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) May 16, 2022
Anthony Edwards is on Instagram loving the downfall of the Phoenix Suns pic.twitter.com/AKsJdztrBm— Piñata Farms (@pinatafarms) May 16, 2022
wayne at the game too luka took dat personal— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) May 16, 2022
Wow luka. Wow. He been playing in games on the road with fires and flares going off in the stands. Police officers with AK’a separating the rows in the arena back in Europe. Road game with pressure isn’t really pressure to him. Killer performance— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) May 16, 2022
It’s rare to see great players be great head coaches.. jkidd is one of them ones ♟— kuz (@kylekuzma) May 16, 2022
Dinwiddie goin crazy!!— Tyrese Haliburton (@TyHaliburton22) May 16, 2022
Damn— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) May 16, 2022
Let’s go mavs chants up in here…— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) May 16, 2022
Before tipoff in game one, talking heads were tripping over themselves to pick Phoenix to win the series. Those calls only grew louder as Phoenix raced out to a two-game lead. Some even doubled down on their “Phoenix in 4. No, 5... wait 6. 7 for sure!” takes as the Mavericks battled back and the series wound on, so, of course, there was plenty of crow to be eaten. Perhaps the loudest (and only) national media member getting in front of a camera to pick Dallas was ESPN’s Nick Wright, and he was taking plenty of victory laps after the game. Some on the TNT crew had seen the light and picked Dallas to take Game 7. Chuck was the lone holdout who stuck with the Suns. The kiss of death.
How about a nice little thread of ESPN and everyone else giving the Mavericks no chance to beat Phoenix. Feel free to add your own:— Chris Sadeghi (@chrissadeghi) May 16, 2022
Let’s start with all 20 “EsPn ExPeRtS” picking the Suns.#MFFL #dALLasIN (1/3) pic.twitter.com/8kw5foZMWU
Back to back years CP3 is a huge favorite to win the title, up 2-0 in a series… and then an all time pantheon guy just snatches his damn soul.— nick wright (@getnickwright) May 16, 2022
If only someone could’ve seen this coming… https://t.co/Qoo1ToKJ14
it has been nothing short of a historic ass-beating since "The Luka Special" moment.— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) May 16, 2022
This game is OVER. Congrats, Mavericks. You just annihilated and humiliated the NBA's best regular-season team in a Game 7 in the Valley of the Suns. You pretty much just mooned the Suns.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 16, 2022
The Suns last 2 playoffs:— StatMuse (@statmuse) May 16, 2022
4-0 vs teams missing star player
0-2 vs healthy teams pic.twitter.com/aGN3DIz65Q
The Mocking of Christ, Jusepe de Ribera, 1615 pic.twitter.com/6FofkQG1LL— ArtButMakeItSports (@ArtButSports) May 16, 2022
I will not look at art the same way again.
You know it’s a beatdown when even the airports are throwing shade.
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